The Asagba of Asaba, Prof Obi Chike Edozien CFR JP has cried out over the illegal laterite mining, alledgedly being carried out by the Provost of the Federal College of Education Technical, Asaba, Professor Josephine Anene-Okeakwa, within the location granted to the community for his dream project of a Vocational training institute.
The Asagba made the call after it was discovered that the land had been overtaken by activities of the miners which had caused a security threat to students of the College.
Reports said the activities of the illegal miners led to the collapse of the fence of the Federal College Technical, which resulted in the influx of hoodlums causing some students to be raped while others have been robbed of their valuables due to the exposure caused by the damaged fence.
A report on the development had been made to the Minister of Works and Housing in Abuja sometime in 2022, and the then Minister of Works and Housing directed an inspection of the area which was conducted by the officers sent from the Ministry of Work and Housing from which the officers reported the same to the ministry.
According to reports, the massive excavation of sand going on, ESIA and Big C in a bid to assist the people of Asaba in recovering the land created an access route to the facility which enabled security operatives from the Delta State Police Command to storm the area to stop the illegal miners from further carrying out their nefarious activities in the land and also arrested some of the illegal miners on site, who were seen excavating large portion of laterites from the land designated for the Asaba vocational training school under a high tension national grid.
Some of the miners who were arrested reportedly confessed to the crime while others are currently at large as the police were reported to have recovered ID card, handsets and batteries of two vehicles.
The report noted that two sister companies Big C Estate and ESIA Global Services Limited, who have been supportive of the Federal Government in the process of recovering the devastated land, promised to assist the Asaba monarch to actualize his dream of establishing a vocational institute, and a police post including a police barrack to further enhance security in the location.
The case is currently being investigated by the Inspector General of Police.